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EU confirms ban on new fuel vehicles in 2035.

EU confirms ban on new fuel vehicles in 2035.


On Tuesday (February 14th) local time in Strasbourg, the European Parliament passed the Zero Emission Agreement for New Fuel Cars and Minivans in Europe in 2035 with 340 votes in favor, 279 votes against and 21 abstentions.

After that, the agreement will be submitted to the European Council for adoption and final implementation. It is understood that the goal of the agreement is to stop selling new fuel cars and vans within the 27-country EU in 2035. According to the 15-year service life of ordinary household light vehicles, this ban will ensure that the EU will achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

It should be pointed out that this agreement also sets phased goals. The content shows that the EU requires that the emission reduction of fuel cars be 55% in 2030 compared with the level in 2021, which is much higher than the existing target of 37.5%, while the emission reduction of small trucks should be 50%.

The European Commission is also scheduled to detect the gap between emission limits and actual emissions in December 2026, and then adjust the follow-up measures according to the situation. In addition, the agreement also provides flexibility for smaller car manufacturers, allowing car companies with an annual output of less than 10,000 cars or less than 22,000 vans to set a lower goal before 2035.  

By the end of 2022, a number of car companies have announced plans to stop selling fuel vehicles. At present, many car companies around the world have begun to accelerate the transition to new energy. The time plan for stopping production of fuel vehicles announced by some car companies is arranged as follows:

BYD Auto: In March 2022, it completely stopped selling fuel vehicles.

As the leader of new energy vehicles, on April 3rd, BYD took the lead in announcing its withdrawal from the fuel vehicle market, becoming the first traditional vehicle company in the world to announce the suspension of fuel vehicle production. BYD said in a "Note on Stopping Production of Fuel Vehicles": According to the company's strategic development needs, the company stopped production of fuel vehicles from March 2022. In the future, in the automotive sector, the company will focus on pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. At the same time, the company will continue to produce and supply fuel automobile parts, provide perfect service and after-sales guarantee for existing fuel automobile customers, and supply spare parts in the whole life cycle to ensure worry-free and smooth operation.

According to Know Car Emperor, BYD dealers in some parts of the country are currently cleaning up the inventory of fuel vehicles in the store. Among them, a dealer in BYD Beijing said: At present, there is no fuel version of Song MAX; in the store; Guangzhou BYD dealer said: BYD F3 has stopped production, and there is no stock car in the store; A BYD dealer in Gansu said: the sales of fuel vehicles only account for about 3% of the vehicles in the store. At present, the store will clear out the fuel vehicles in stock; A BYD dealer in Henan said that users who bought fuel vehicles last month accounted for 15% of the total transaction volume. At present, there are only two fuel vehicles on sale in the store, and the store can now give discounts of 7,000 yuan to 8,000 yuan.

The data shows that in February 2022, BYD sold 2,795 fuel vehicles, down 84.6% year-on-year. In March 2022, BYD stopped production of fuel vehicles, and the sales of fuel vehicles were zero, including cars, SUVs and MPVs. In the production and sales data in March, BYD produced 106,658 vehicles, an increase of 173.4% compared with 39,007 vehicles in the same period in 2021, and its sales volume was 104,878 vehicles, an increase of 156.9% compared with 40,817 vehicles in the same period in 2021. Specifically, BYD sold 104,878 new energy vehicles, an increase of 333.1% compared with 24,218 vehicles in the same period in 2021, among which 104,338 new energy passenger vehicles were sold, an increase of 345.2% compared with 23,386 vehicles in the same period in 2021.

Looking back on 2021, although the global auto market was affected by the supply of spare parts, BYD still achieved ideal sales results. In 2021, BYD's cumulative sales volume was 730,093 vehicles, up 75.4% year-on-year, of which the sales volume of new energy passenger cars reached 593,745 vehicles, up 231.60% year-on-year. For the annual sales target in 2022, BYD set a target of 1.2 million vehicles and said that if the supply chain is good, it will impact the annual sales target of 2 million vehicles.

According to the latest data, the cumulative sales volume of BYD vehicles in the first quarter of 2022 was 291,378 vehicles. According to the annual target of 1.2 million vehicles, BYD has completed 24.3% of the annual target in the first quarter, and the remaining 75.7% will be fully handled by BYD's new energy vehicles and completed in three quarters.

BAIC Group: Stop selling fuel vehicles in 2025.

As early as 2018, BAIC announced that it expected to completely stop selling fuel vehicles by 2025, and planned to take the lead in completely stopping the sales of its own brand traditional fuel passenger cars in Beijing by 2020. From the current point of view, BAIC Group has further clarified this goal, and it is only a matter of time before it completely stops selling fuel vehicles by 2025. The data shows that BAIC Blue Valley, a new energy vehicle segment of BAIC Group, owns two product brands, ARCFOX and BEIJING. In 2021, the cumulative sales volume was 26,127 vehicles, a slight increase of 0.82% compared with 25,914 vehicles in 2020.

Changan Automobile: Stop selling fuel vehicles in 2025.

In October 2017, Changan Automobile announced the "Shangri-La Plan", which is directed at the new energy vehicle market. According to the plan, Changan Automobile will invest more than 100 billion yuan in the new energy field in the next eight years, and will completely stop selling traditional fuel vehicles by 2025. On March 26th last month, Zhu Huarong, Party Secretary and Chairman of Changan Automobile, also said that with the acceleration of new energy vehicles, the competition in the fuel vehicle market in China will become more intense. In 2021, there are 85 brands in the traditional fuel vehicle market, among which 34 brands have a monthly sales volume of less than 1,000 units, and 9 brands will die out. Zhu Huarong believes that in the next 3-5 years, 80% of China fuel vehicle brands will "shut down and turn around" (that is, shut down, stop production, merge and transform). Simply put, only a few car companies will continue to develop in the China market as fuel vehicles in the next 3-5 years, and others will either close down, merge or transform.

Toyota Motor: Stop selling fuel vehicles in China, Europe and North America in 2030; In 2035, the Lexus brand completely stopped selling fuel vehicles.

As we all know, Akio Toyoda, CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, is a staunch opponent of pure electric vehicles, and he can be said to be completely cold about electric vehicles. Until last December, after Toyota launched 15 electric vehicles in one breath, Akio Toyoda began to have a very obvious change in electric vehicles. As a global automobile giant, Toyota will make new changes in the face of the general trend. On December 14th, 2021, Akio Toyoda presented 15 brand-new electric vehicles at the battery electric vehicle strategy briefing, and announced a 10-year electric vehicle plan. Akio Toyoda announced that he will invest $35 billion in electric vehicle research by 2030. Before that, Toyota will launch 30 electric vehicles around the world and achieve sales of 3.5 million vehicles. Among them, in China market, in 2025, Toyota and Lexus will introduce 35 new electric products, including 10 pure electric vehicles. By 2035, Lexus will only sell electric vehicles, that is, it will be fully transformed into a pure electric brand.

Volkswagen: Stop selling fuel vehicles in European market in 2035.

Volkswagen Group is a multinational automobile group that started to electrify earlier. In 2021, Volkswagen and Audi announced that they would stop the research and development of internal combustion engines. In 2025, Audi brand will launch its last brand-new fuel vehicle. By 2030, Audi will stop selling fuel vehicles, while Volkswagen brand announced that it would stop selling fuel vehicles in the European market in 2035. On March 5, 2021, Volkswagen Group said that by 2030, electric vehicles will account for 70% of the new cars sold by Volkswagen brands in Europe, while the market share in China and the United States will be 50%. In June, 2021, the relevant person in charge of Volkswagen said that the Volkswagen brand will stop selling traditional fuel vehicles by 2035, when all pure electric vehicles will be produced and sold. However, this plan is only aimed at the European market, and the China and American markets will relatively postpone the sales suspension.

Honda Motor Co.: Stop selling fuel vehicles in 2040.

In April last year, Honda said that pure electric and fuel cell vehicles will account for 40% of the total vehicle sales in 2030, 80% in 2035 and 100% in 2040, and fuel vehicles will be discontinued. In January this year, Honda's Minister China Inoue said that he would strive to sell 800,000 pure electric vehicles by 2030, and pointed out: "If you can't win the competition in China, which promotes electrification, you will be eliminated by the whole world. We want to change all areas and will decide the outcome in the next five years. "

Mercedes-Benz: Stop selling fuel vehicles in 2030.

Mercedes-Benz expects to design the factory of pure electric vehicle production line according to market demand in the next few years after 2025. According to Mercedes-Benz's previous plan, it plans to achieve 50% of the total sales of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2025, and stop selling fuel vehicles in 2030, that is, the sales of new cars will basically be transformed into pure electric vehicles in 2030. In addition, from 2025, all newly released models of Mercedes-Benz will be pure electric platforms, and each model will be provided with pure electric version selection. At that time, Mercedes-Benz will also launch three new pure electric vehicle architecture platforms, covering all medium and large passenger cars, performance electric vehicles, pure electric MPV and light commercial vehicles respectively.

Nissan: Stop selling fuel vehicles after 2025.

On November 29th last year, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. officially released the "Vision of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. 2030". According to its plan, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. plans to invest 2 trillion yen (US$ 17.6 billion) to convert more product lines into electrification in the next five years. For example, in the next five years, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will launch 20 pure electric vehicles and vehicles equipped with Nissan e-POWER technology. In addition, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. also said that it will launch 23 electrified vehicles in fiscal year 2030, including Nissan hopes that by the fiscal year 2030 (April 1, 2030-March 31, 2031), Nissan brand and British finidi brand will account for 50% of the global electric drive vehicles. In addition, Nissan announced that it plans to stop selling fuel vehicles after 2025, and will shift its research and development and sales direction to pure electric and hybrid vehicles.

Kia Motors: Stop selling fuel vehicles in the EU market in 2035.

Kia Motors has previously stated that it will stop selling fuel vehicles in the EU market in 2035 and realize full electrification in markets outside Korea by 2040. According to the plan, Kia will introduce the pure electric vehicle EV6 this year, and by 2027, Kia will launch a brand-new electric vehicle in the China market every year. In terms of sales volume, Kia plans to achieve the sales volume of 1.2 million pure electric vehicles by 2030, of which Kia's sales target for pure electric vehicles this year is 160,000, and the sales volume in 2026 is 807,000, and finally the sales target of 1.2 million will be achieved by 2030.

BMW Group: The EU will stop selling fuel vehicles in 2030.

The BMW Group will stop selling fuel vehicles in the European Union in 2030, and it is expected to launch 12 pure electric vehicles in the China market by 2023, covering almost all current market segments. By 2025, at least one quarter of the cars sold by the BMW Group in China will be pure electric vehicles.

In addition to the above car companies, including General Motors, Ford, Jaguar brand and Volvo, etc. also announced that they will stop selling fuel vehicles in the future. Among them, GM plans to stop selling fuel vehicles in 2035 and transition its products to zero-emission vehicles and pure electric vehicles in the same year; Ford announced that by the middle of 2026, all passenger car series in Europe will achieve zero emissions, and by 2030, it will be fully electric; Jaguar brand plans to stop production of diesel locomotives by 2025 to realize electrification and become an electric vehicle brand. By 2030, all new cars it sells will be pure electric vehicles; Volvo announced that it will become a pure electric brand in 2030; In addition, traditional luxury brands such as Aston Martin Rapid E and Maserati Alfieri have also turned to the new energy market in recent years.

At present, the growth prospect of electric vehicle market is broad, and "electrification" will become the trend of automobile development sooner or later, which is only a matter of time. Judging from the time point of stopping the sale of fuel vehicles announced by the above-mentioned car companies, most domestic car companies will stop selling fuel vehicles in 2025. At present, BYD has taken the lead in stopping the sale of fuel vehicles, while a few car companies such as BAIC and Changan will also cut into electric vehicles in 2025. Most overseas car companies will be after 2030. Of course, it's not just car companies that have announced the timetable for banning burning. According to the concern of the automobile industry, many countries have also announced the timetable for banning the sale of fuel vehicles.

According to statistics, Norway announced that it will ban the sale of traditional fuel vehicles in 2025; The Netherlands, California, Germany and India announced that they would ban the sale of traditional fuel vehicles in 2030; France and Britain will postpone the sale of traditional fuel vehicles for ten years, and will ban the sale of traditional fuel vehicles in 2040. Among them, Britain will stop selling not only fuel vehicles, but also hybrid electric vehicles.

In fact, the automobile itself is a complex industrial product with a long research and development cycle and life cycle. Therefore, it is not a simple matter to completely ban the sale of fuel vehicles. For car companies, the transition from traditional fuel vehicles to new energy vehicles is both a challenge and an opportunity. For consumers, the traditional fuel vehicles will still dominate, and users can continue to buy fuel vehicles, because it will take ten or even decades to complete the transition from traditional fuel vehicles to new energy vehicles.